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Over the years, my wife has taught me quite a bit about storage, organization, and item preservation. Personally, I’m burdened with the inherent male “toss and find later” mindset. After loosing many items, over the years, that were very important to me from my Arizona blue jeans to keys to documents, I became more receptive to my wife’s storage wisdom. When I became a Realtor and needed to be proficient in staging homes for sale, I became very aware of what Buyers see when they tour homes. Very simple and inexpensive corrections can sell a home quicker and at a higher price. Okay, full disclosure, it’s not that we implement all of the suggestions, below, at my house, lets just say that we know they work. Note-Since I’m a Realtor and write a real estate blog (generally), the feedback is framed for a listing. Enjoy my lessons learned…..and guys, stop storing your “stuff” on every flat surface in the home.
A key element in staging a home for sale is to make it look clean, spacious, and presentable.
Learn how to clear the clutter with these quick and easy storage solutions that keep your home looking its best and make moving day a breeze at the same time.
Storage Bench or Seat: Buy an attractive storage bench or seat to store toys, pet items, and garden tools in a great looking container that adds a decorative element to the space. Outdoor PVC garden benches are an easy alternative to keep a patio or porch tidy, while a toy box in each bedroom makes quick work of preparing bedrooms to be shown on short notice. Best of all, storage benches make light work of packing when moving day arrives.
Bright Boxes: Purchase bright colored storage boxes to use on shelves or inside cabinets to reduce the appearance of clutter.
Overhead Storage Systems: Add inexpensive overhead storage systems to the garage, shed, or even bedrooms. Sturdy and easy-to- install ceiling mounted storage systems keep walkways free of debris, especially in cluttered spaces like the garage. Add colorful ribbons or bright decorations to create the perfect place for stuffed animals, games, or other infrequently used toys in bedrooms.
Racks: From bikes to hats, there is a rack for every reason, so chances are your home could benefit from a few well positioned and inexpensive racks too. Some of the more popular racks include bike racks, multimedia racks, coat and hat rack, laundry racks and of course, spice racks. Remember, potential buyers are likely to search every inch of your home including closet space, cabinets, and storage sheds to determine if their own belongings will fit. Stay prepared by presenting your home in the best light possible by putting everything in its place.